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by Benjamin Ludwig


Rights have so far sold to:

Brazil: Verus.

Czech: Euromedia.

Dutch: HarperCollins Holland.

French: Mosaic.

German: Harper Collins Germany.

Hebrew: Keter.

Italian: HarperCollins Italy.

Poland: HarperCollins Poland.

Romanian: RAO.

Simplified Chinese: Citic.

Slovak: Ikar.

World English: Mira, 2017.

To Ginny, a child with autism, the word Forever means until the police come. Five years ago the police forcibly removed her from the home of her abusive birth mother, Gloria. Now fourteen, and in her fourth Forever Home, Ginny remains hell-bent on finding her way back to Gloria’s apartment. She has no illusions about her mother’s addictions or lack of parenting skills. She knows that it might be dangerous – that it might even kill her. Still she plots, obsessed with returning to Gloria’s to find something she insists she hid under her bed. Something she says she can’t live without. Her teachers, therapist, and new Forever Parents are in turn frustrated, infuriated, and perplexed.

After her Forever Mother gets pregnant, Ginny’s already-fragile relationship with her disintegrates, and her Forever Parents begin the process of placing Ginny at St. Genevieve’s Home for Girls, effectively un-adopting her.

But Ginny has other plans. She’ll steal and lie, and reach across her past to exploit the good intentions of her aunt and her birth father – anything it takes to get back what’s missing in her life. She’ll even get herself kidnapped: all for the sake of reclaiming her smothered innocence, all for the sake of finding what she left hidden at the farthest edge of Forever.

"Artfully rendered, heartbreaking, funny and suspenseful, THE IMPROBABLE FLIGHT OF GINNY MOON is a veritable smorgasbord of a read that will stay with you long after you've consumed the final page. Excellent!”—New York Times bestselling author John Lescroart

Benjamin Ludwig is a middle-school language arts teacher, and he and his wife are licensed foster parents. Ginny’s a composite drawn from his experiences working with dozens of foster children and other disabled people. Ben’s short stories have appeared in Foliate Oak Literary Journal, Prime Number Magazine, and Corium; he has been a semifinalist for the Iowa Short Fiction Prize and the Hudson Prize, and won the Clay Reynolds Prize for his novella, Sourdough, out from Texas Review Press. He’s currently in the University of New Hampshire